About the Author
L.L Holt is the author of The Black Spaniard, a novel about young Beethoven to be published in 2015-16. Holt has degrees from Rider, California State, and Drew Universities, and teaches Humanities courses at Southern New Hampshire University and Thomas Edison State College. Her music reviews have appeared in daily newspapers and online.
A member of the Princeton Research Forum and American Beethoven Society, she has special interest in the lives, work, and spiritual paths of Beethoven, Thoreau, and Meister Eckhart, and is the author of a book about the latter (Viewing Meister Eckhart). Holt has studied several musical instruments, music theory, sight-reading, music history, and related topics. She has conducted Beethoven research during several visits to Germany and Austria.
For many years, Holt led communications departments at Trenton State College, Thomas Edison State College, and NJIT. A lifelong yoga student and member of the SKY Foundation (Philadelphia), Holt posts some of her other writing at www.ReligiousScholar.com . Her Twitter account is @ReligiousSchola. Her experiences writing and seeking publication of The Black Spaniard, as well as excerpts from the novel, appear at: www.Facebook.com/BeethovenTheYoungMaster.
About the Book
A passionate musician from the provinces arrives in Vienna in the early years of the Napoleonic era. Dark and exotic, he captures the hearts of music-lovers, but cannot win the one woman he loves because of class differences. As a second love, perhaps the greatest of his life, eludes his grasp, he realizes he is also losing the one sense no musician can live without: his hearing. Driven nearly to suicide, Luis places his hopes in the triumph of a hero who will save the human race and dissolve the obstacles placed between people by prejudice and class barriers. Yet as Napoleon shows his true colors, is Art itself the path to salvation that Luis seeks?
The Black Spaniard can be ordered here. Copies are also available through all major retailers.